Zack Taylor and Machine-13


Zack Taylor built this scrappy Honda Rebel for the mean streets of Los Angeles, but now this gung-ho artist and 20-something bikerider calls Phoenix home. Zack's quarter-liter lanesplitter is a textbook example of what can be done to even an unspectacular donor bike when you apply enough vision, passion and elbow grease.

Zack provided these images and specs, and we're happy to feature his stripped-down commuter bike for Chopcultists to see. Thanks for your enthusiasm and the info, Zack. To see more of his bike in the assembly process, visit Machine-13.



Bike year, make, model: 2009 Honda Rebel

Motor size, mods: 250cc, pipes and pod filter

Fork style, mods: Lowered stock legs

Frame style, mods: Factory, cut and ground to remove all the garbage

Custom fabbed parts and modifications: Hand made hourglass bars, rear fender, pipes, taillight, seat pan, plate bracket

People who chipped in on the build: Jake at Ultra Violence

In the builder's own words: At the time I built this bike I was living in Los Angeles. If you've been there you have to agree the roads and traffic are gnarly. I wanted to build something that if it got damaged or stolen I could walk away saying, "Well—at least it was cheap." I also wanted a challenge to build something out of the ugliest bike I could find. The Honda Rebel definitely fits the bill. When it was all said and done I had to scrap everything on the bike except the frame and motor. Coming in at under 300 pounds and being as narrow as a broomstick makes it a hell of a lot of fun to ride, and a real lane splitter, to boot. Probably my favorite part about the bike is seeing other peoples' reaction to it and not knowing what it is.

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Commented on 3-4-2011 At 06:30 am

That does not look like fun at all does it?! Fuck yeah man I love it.

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 06:34 am

From trash to treasure!

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 06:35 am

I agree, those bikes are perfect for Cali traffic. Looks sic for what it is and I love the paint and seat combo. Great job bro.

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 06:42 am

dude that bike is sooooo badass. dig it man, most definitely digging it.

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 07:45 am

Dig it man....I call phoenix home too...ill keep an eye out for this bike...

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 07:56 am

That's rad! Perfect around towner. Dig the skateboard wheel tail light

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 08:16 am

Very nice. looks like a blast to ride.

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 08:58 am

that bike is what this is all about.

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 09:14 am

That is a sick bike! Great Job dude.

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 10:23 am

Ha, that's pretty rad! I almost bought one of these when I was 18 as a "first bike." Is that an 18 Pirelli front tire?

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 11:14 am

nice man.. super clean style. that seat is rad. i had a cut up rebel too.. super fun.. mine was so low i couldnt turn though.. haha.. this looks like a blast to ride.

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 11:54 am

killer pipes

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 01:31 pm

Excellent job, especially love the tank, seat and skate wheel tail light

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 02:11 pm

Love the skate wheel tail light! I'd love to ride this little beast!

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 05:25 pm

that tail light is pretty sick.

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 06:14 pm the paint and the tailight

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 06:24 pm

I'll never look at a rebel the same way again...that thing is awesome...the fuckin' taillight...hell yeah

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 07:05 pm

Can't add much to what's already been said. I LOVE this bike!!!! That taillight is way cool!

Commented on 3-4-2011 At 08:32 pm

Righteous taillight! Bike looks like a fun scoot to ride.

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 04:16 am

Nice way to put a shine on a turd. Nice work all around.


Commented on 3-5-2011 At 06:49 am

that Gas Tank is total Chino. Sweet ride

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 07:59 am

Very talented and great vision. Most people can never imagine turning a rebel into something as cool as that!

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 08:38 am

wow, thats fucking sick!!! nice job a real lane splitter, i bet its like riding a bmx bike thru LA traffic only this has a motor to survive..

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 10:46 am

bitchen little bike....the left exhaust looks a bit vulnerable, maybe it's just the photo.

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 11:22 am

that is very cool , with the price of gas i see more bikes that size becoming more popular i know i,m defiantly considering a small bike to commute on .

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 11:23 am

Sick ass little bike! Much props!

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 05:21 pm

made in japan... fixed in the USA!

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 06:54 pm

By far the coolest Honda Rebel I have ever seen

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 08:52 pm

This bike is sick . I built a gs450 lane splitter that everyone wants to poke fun at how small it is but I can still beat everyone on their harleys through heavy traffic haha if anyone knows zack tell him to pm me cuz id love to get a few people together and go cause some havoc around phoenix

Commented on 3-6-2011 At 04:17 am

niiiiiiiiiiiice! that bike is a hoot

I always wondered if anyone cut these up,too. I've been sort of keeping my eye out for one of those (kinda rare) 450 Rebels they made for a year or two in the '80s for my next I am REALLY itching to get one!

Commented on 3-6-2011 At 08:45 am

Cool ass build, like your take on "Hour Glass" bars too!

Commented on 3-6-2011 At 09:03 am

"Makin' a Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear" as my grandparents used to saw.
aka "A Rebel with Applause.."
But if it's a lanesplitter, even as light as it is, doesn't it need something doing stopping duties up front?

Commented on 3-6-2011 At 09:11 am

After looking at his site, and getting a sense of the man's artistic "chops" I find myself wishing he'd do something to alter the appearance of the engines themselves...

Commented on 3-6-2011 At 11:31 am

Check this shit out! Me and my partner were headin to go get some pizza yesterday, and seen this beauty cruizin down Iron Springs Rd in Prescott, Az. We sat there and stared at this thing as long as we could before the light changed, but I gotta tell you, it is WAY cooler than you can imagine. Total rebirth of cool on this dude's part. Props brother.

Commented on 3-6-2011 At 06:02 pm

Thanks for everyones comments..for all those that digged my taillight I am working on making some up to sell...I will throw some up on the classified section soon so keep a look out.

Commented on 3-6-2011 At 06:16 pm

Love it!! Well done.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 08:52 am

this bike is freaking amazing man!

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 03:19 pm

I've seen a few done-up Rebels before but this one takes tha cake! Super clean job! Props for making something few desire into a nice splitter.

Commented on 8-24-2011 At 04:22 pm

After seeing this bike for the first time I spent hours on CL looking for a cheap rebel. I love this bike!

Commented on 7-2-2014 At 07:15 am

dig it, i have one and i´m still working on it, it has been a fun, is really cheap and Works very well for the Santiago Streets. thumbs up!

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